By Dave Vest
GLENDALE – Coyotes forward Taylor Pyatt is a soft-spoken man, but his impact on Thursday's game against the Calgary Flames was loud and clear.
Pyatt scored a dynamic goal with 3:29 left in the third period to lead Phoenix to a 2-1 victory at Jobing.com Arena.
Pyatt, known more for his size and physical play, made a slick move to get around Flames defender Mark Giordano in the right circle and then wristed a shot past goalie Miikka Kiprusoff to secure Phoenix's third consecutive victory and end Calgary's winning streak at four games.
Even before scoring his goal, Pyatt and linemates Daniel Winnik and Vernon Fiddler were factors in the game with aggressive play in the corners and along the boards.
"That line was very good for us," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "(Calgary) is a team that plays a solid game. They challenge you with their work ethic. If you look at Fiddler's line, that's their MO. They are never going to be outworked. It's great to see guys like that have success in a game like this because it proves to the rest of the guys that if you're going to beat great teams, this is the way you're going to have to do it... I think that's the best game he (Pyatt) has played in a Coyotes uniform."
Calgary (17-7-3) took a 1-0 lead with one second left in the first period when David Moss knocked a loose puck near the top of the crease by Bryzgalov. The quirky goal could have deflated the Coyotes for the rest of the game, but Tippett said captain Shane Doan made sure it didn't with some inspirational words during the first intermission.
The defeat ended Calgary's run of earning at least one road point at 10 straight games.
"Give Phoenix some marks, they played a solid game, they played well," Flames Head Coach Brent Sutter said. "That last goal, a goal like that should never be scored against."
Coyotes forward Petr Prucha ended an 18-game goal-scoring drought when he beat Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff with a shot from the left side at 9:40 of the second period just seconds after he banged the puck off the left post. The goal tied the score at 1.
"I couldn't believe it," Prucha said after being reminded about all the posts and crossbars and diving goalies his shots had hit during his drought. "I just (couldn't) get the puck in. Finally I did it and I'm happy we won the game."
• The Coyotes spotted the Flames the first five shots of the game but then registered the next 13 to shift the momentum. "The first two or three minutes it seemed like it took us a few minutes to get up to speed or recognize the speed that they were going to play," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "We figured out that we'd better play at that speed, too, or we were going to be in trouble."
• The Coyotes committed just three penalties - one in each period - and killed all three of Calgary's power plays.
• Coyotes forward Matthew Lombardi seemingly scored a goal at 7:57 of the second period during a five-on-three advantage, but the referees ruled that a whistle had stopped play just before Lombardi's shot found the net.
• The victory was Phoenix's first over Calgary in Arizona since Feb. 22, 2007.
• For the second time in eight days, the Coyotes kept Flames captain Jarome Iginla out of the scoring summary. Iginla, the NHL's First Star of the Month for November, entered the game with 48 points in 48 career games vs. Phoenix.
"It was just kind of a one-on-one situation ... I was just trying to get the puck to my forehand and fired it on net quick ... It definitely feels good to score ... It's been a while, and for it to be a game winner it’s extra special."
"We played well, a real disciplined game, nothing fancy because that’s a very good team, especially on the road. They’ve been hot and it’s great to get those points against them tonight."
"We weren’t as crisp as we usually are. The Coyotes came out and they were ready to go early. We didn’t quite have that same push in the first period that we’ve had... "